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TKO Boxing Promotions has signed flyweight contender Rayonta “Stingray” Whitfield, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, their President. The 28 year Whitfield carries a record of record of 22-1-0 with eleven knockouts. The Augusta, Georgia native is currently world ranked #7 by the IBF and #8 by the WBO . . . click here for more
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said Mexican president Felipe Calderon will roll out the red carpet for Manny Pacquiao if the Filipino pound-for-pound king decides to spend the first half of his training camp in the world-famous resort city of Cancun in the Yucatan Peninsula. Arum said Calderon will be on hand to welcome Pacquiao, who has a scheduled Nov. 14 fight with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao has been advised to train outside the US to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes after it was discovered that he has surpassed the allowed number of days for non-residents the last three years. (more…)
Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo 174.8 vs Beibut Shumenov 174
(WBA light heavyweight championship)
Douglas “Daggy” Otieno 173.4 vs Gayrat Ahmedov 174.4
“Jessie” James Kimori 141 vs Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley 140
Joseph “Mish” Miyumo 150 vs Ravshan Hudaynazarov 153.8
Mirzohid Jianbaev 167.2 vs Jameson Bostic 195.4
Emil Abishkaev 207.2 vs Doszhan Ospanov 222.4
Mirolin Kurbanov 132.2 vs Abzal Adambaev 134
Venue: Sport Complex “Daulet” National Tennis Center, Astana, Kazakhstan
Promoter: KZ Event Productions in association with Sampson Boxing, LLC.
WBA Officials: Supervisor – Guy Jutras (Canada); Referee – Steve Smoger (United States); Judges – Glenn Feldman (United States), John Coyle (United Kingdom) and Pasquale Procopio (Canada).
By Brady Crytzer
The WBO #8 and WBA #15 ranked heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto (33-2, 21 KOs) gears up for what could prove to be the most dangerous fight of his career as he meets knockout specialist Donnell Holmes (31-0-2, 27 KOs) for the vacant NABO world title tonight at Pullman Park in Butler, Pennsylvania. Though he has found success in a consistent and rigorous training schedule, Minto has ventured outside the comforts of his Western Pennsylvania gym and made the pilgrimage to one of boxing’s finest and most highly regarded training camps. After spending nearly six weeks in the mix of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym, Minto has nothing but confidence as he prepares for the most risky bout of his professional career. (More)
By Alexey Sukachev
Zaurbek Baysangurov 154 vs Eromosele Albert 153.5
(WBA I/C light middleweight title)
Alexander Ustinov 303.5 vs Talgat Dosanov 237
Magomed Yangubaev 134.5 vs Rakhim Mingaleev 134.5
Salambek Baysangurov 167.5 vs Semjons Moroseks 161
Zaur Yangubaev 154.5 vs Vladimir Borovsky 154.5
Adam Yusupov 148 vs Vladimir Scherban 147.5
Venue: Dynamo Palace of Sports, Grozny, Russia
Promoter: K2 East Promotions
TV: Sport Channel (11:20 PM LT)
Brian Minto 217.5 vs Donnell Holmes 221
Paul Zalus 215 vs Justin Novaria 259.5
Brian Cook 207 vs Brandon Winner 212
William Hampton 157 vs Russ Niggemeyer TBA
Venue: Pullman Park, Butler, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Beat Down Promotions
Jose “Gallo” Reyes 136 vs Antonio Pitalua 140
Yunier Dorticos 191 vs Hilario Guzman 188
Jorge Ruiz 132 vs Bryne Green 132
Juan “La Boa” Novoa 156 vs Jose Angel Rodriquez 155
Luis Rueda 182 vs Ron Croskey 181
Christopher De La Paz 167 vs Dennis Valentin 164
Sotico Herrera 137 vs Rocky Alvarez 140
Elijah Linder 134 vs Alberto Candelaria 133
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:30 PM (ET)
By Francisco Salazar
Roy Englebecht Events presents another installment of the popular “Battle in the Ballroom” series on Thursday, August 27th at the Marriott in Irvine, CA. In the main event, two young, unbeaten heavyweights will clash as Ashanti Jordan takes on Joe Hanks in an eight round bout. Jordan (10-0, 7 KOs) fought to a six round majority victory over Andrae Carthon in June, while Hanks (8-0, 6 KOs) stopped then-unbeaten Hildo Silva in the first round. Unbeaten Lightweight Robert Vargas (3-0-1) of nearby Santa Ana will fight an opponent to be determined in a four round bout. Tickets are priced at $32 and $40.
By Francisco Salazar
Dr. Ironfist versus the Nightmare. The title would be a great way to sell a clash between two titans. But to millions of boxing fans worldwide, Vitali Klitschko versus Chris Arreola will do just fine. In a bout that has been begged for for the last couple of months, two of the big giants in the Heavyweight division will get it on Saturday, September 26th at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. HBO will televise a bout that boxing pundits and even both fighters predict will not go the 12 scheduled rounds. More plus photos…
Former world champion Vivian “Vicious” Harris (29-3-1, 19 KOs) faces Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (20-4-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout tonight in the ESPN2 main event at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona. In the opening televised bout, one of the most devastating young punchers in the sport, Keith “One Time” Thurman (9-0, 9 KOs) will face the vastly more experienced Travis Hartman (10-13-1, 7 KO’s) of St. Joseph, Missouri in a six-round junior middleweight fight. Also the United States’ only boxing medalist from the 2008 Olympics, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (6-0, 6 KOs) will look to keep his knockout streak alive in a four-round bout against Travis Allen (3-4, 3 KOs). (more…)
Hooks will be flying in Biloxi on Saturday August 15 when Eight-Time World Champion, Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. and Two-Time World Champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy battle it out in “Hook City,” at the MS Coast Coliseum. To prepare us for this highly anticipated match-up of speed and power, ESPN Classic will air past Jones and Lacy fights every night next week and all day Saturday.
Continuing the action, three fights are featured tonight, beginning at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT on ESPN Classic: The 2009 fight between Jones and Omar Sheika; 2005 bout with Lacy and Robin Reid; and Lacy’s battle with Anwar Oshana. Click here for more info on this week’s schedule.
By Joe Koizumi
On the next day after a press conference to announce his next title defense against unbeaten Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado on October 10, WBA super-feather champ Jorge Linares (27-0, 18 KOs), a Japan-based Venezuelan, left for his native country on Wednesday to make a triumphal return, and then move to Las Vegas to do strenuous training with good sparring partners. The unbeaten Golden Boy (El Nino de Oro), 24, is supposed to return here in September for his final tune-up prior to the sensational event named “Homecoming.”
Fleet-footed and fast-punching Rikiya Fukuhara (22-3-1, 17 KOs), ex-Japanese 122-pound champ, 129.75, engaged in his second comebacking bout, and impressively managed to pound out an upset unanimous decision (78-75, 79-75 and 79-74) over JBC top 130-pound contender Hero Bando (20-10-6, 9 KOs), 130, over eight hot frames on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
Matt Vanda 168 vs Teddy Muller 175*
Brad Patraw 126 vs Javier Segura 129.2
Jose Hilario 136.6 vs Jon Swamberg 133.2
Cerresso Fort 163.2 vs Yancy Cuellar 167.6
Bobby Kliewer 165 vs John Turner 163
Venue: Myth Nightclub, Maplewood, MN
* Muller took the fight on one weeks notice as a replacement opponent. He reportedly had to drop more then 20 pounds in that week to hit 168. When Muller was over the contracted weight of 168, Vanda said he could have the weight and thanked him for stepping in last second!
Report by Drew Amendola
Photos by Scott Foster
Over a hundred members of the media and fight community were present at the final press conference for Saturday’s “Hook City!” event at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi . . . Click here for more
By Bob Caico at ringside
Junior middleweight contender Ronald Hearns (22-1, 17 KOs), son of former middleweight champion Tommy Hearns, won a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over veteran Patrick Thompson (15-15-1, 5 KOs) on Thursday night at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. After five close rounds, Hearns began to assert himself in the six. Thompson, however, dropped Hearns at the end of round seven. Hearns returned the favor in the eighth by putting Thompson on the deck. Scores were 77-74, 77-73, 77-73 for Hearns. (more…)
Story by Ryan Macalua
There has been no other fight that has motivated Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) more than what is going to take place on August 15th against Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs).
“Training camp has gone very well and I’m really excited for this fight, there aren’t that many fights that you can get excited about other than when you are preparing for a living legend,” Lacy explains . . . Click here for more
Annette Agredano 120.5 vs Allison Cole 121
Vivian Harris 141 vs Noe Bolanos 139
Seth Mitchell 244.5 vs Andrae Carthron 222
Joshua Renteria 149 vs Karim Mayfield 148.2
Deontay Wilder 217 vs Travis Allen 228.5
Keith Thurman 147 vs Travis Hartman 143
Robert Sockwell 150 vs Martin Vierra 149
Venue: Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, AZ
Promoter: Golden Boy
Hank Lundy 140 vs Gary Bergeron 136
Coy Evans 128 vs Darrell Martin 128
Elizabeth Sherman 131 vs Keytida Cook 131.5
Lonnie Jackson Jr. 138.7 vs Bobby Bynum 138
Wanzell Ellison 135 vs Norman Allen 135
Najee Hayes 139 vs Deroy Beaton 144
Venue: Campbell Fitness Center, Salem, New Jersey
Promoter: Dungeon Warrior
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and #1 ranked Cristobal Arreola met the media and faced-off on Thursday for the first time in Los Angeles at a packed Staples Center press conference to promote their Sept. 26 showdown.
Vitali Klitschko: “This is heavyweight boxing. It’s two punchers. No one knows what will happen, that’s why I prepare to finish the fight inside 12 rounds. But, I am ready to fight all 12 rounds. I am ready for anything that can happen. I’m an old man. I have pain. But, don’t worry. I’m feeling much better. I had a good performance against (Samuel) Peter. I stopped (Juan Carlos) Gomez. I will do the same against Arreola.
Cristobal Arreola: “I’ve never been into trash-talking. I respect the man and so we’ll save all our trash-talking for the ring. Any man is beatable. If you’ve got two hands you can beat any man. He has a chin and I have a chin. It only takes one punch. I’ve said it before: We’re in the hurt game and one of us is going to get hurt. I just hope it’s not me.”
The announce team for Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 PPV telecast will be Al Bernstein, television personality Mario Lopez and two-time world champion Brian ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Rick Seara, award-winning producer, of Top Rank made the announcement today.
Nonito Donaire and Rafael Concepcion will weigh in at 3 pm Friday at the Hard Rock. Donaire and Concepcion will weigh first, followed by Steven Luevano and Bernabe Concepcion. The public is invited.
First bell on Saturday is 4 pm local time. The PPV telecast will begin at 6 pm.
Mauricio Herrera 139 vs Jason Davis 140.5
(WBC USNBC super lightweight championship)
Josesito Lopez 141.5 vs Sergio De La Torre 140.5
Jonathan Arias 121.5 vs Khabir Suleymanov 122
Walter Sarnoi 123 vs John Lopez 124
Jonathan Arrellano 120.5 vs Hugo Ramos 121.5
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Venue: Omega Products International, Corona, CA
TV: Fox Sports en Español (Tape Delayed)
Photo: Roy Jones Jr. and Jeff Lacy stare down at the final presser for “Hook City,” today at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi. Saturday night’s fight takes place at the MS Coast Coliseum, live on pay-per-view.
WBO Featherweight champion Steven Luevano and #1 contender Bernabe Concepcion worked out for reporters during media day Thursday in Las Vegas. Both looked sharp in advance of their upcoming WBO featherweight title fight on Saturday’s Top Rank promoted “Pinoy Power 2” pay-per-view event at the New Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. Click here for more photos…
Tickets will go on sale Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. PT for the September 26 WBC heavyweight title fight between world champion Vitali Klitschko and WBC #1 ranked Cristobal Arreola at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. Tickets are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, available at all TicketMaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. STAPLES Center Box Office will start selling tickets on Monday, August 17 at 10 a.m.
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